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by the department of labor for paying 14 workers less than a third of the minimum wage. nbc bay area's kris sanchez joins us live in sunnyvale with that story. >> reporter: hi there, jessica. bloom energy has raised more than $2 billion in investments and both former secretary of state colin powell is one of its board members and yet the labor department says this is also a company that willfully shorted to pay more than a dozen of its workers. bloomenergy corporation create add major buzz in 2010 when it unveiled the bloom box, the high efficiency fuel cell dubbed the holy grail of green energy. but today only two words -- no comment -- in regard to a labor of energy investigation of them bringing 14 mexican nationals to work on refurbishing generators and paid them less than $3 an hour. the wages were paid in pesos deposited into bank accounts in mexico. >> in talking to the mexican nationals, we did find that what the employer was doing, they were paying them but they were being paid in pesos, the equivalent of $2.66 an hour. >> reporter: blanco says her investigators discovered the 14 m mexican
on the tense negotiations between the city and the police union. let's bring in kris sanchez from san jose city hall. kris? >> reporter: hi there, raj. the union says the city walked away from the negotiating table though the mayor says both sides are talking. he's also already called for an arbitrator and an arbitration date so this could be very tough negotiating. san jose has fewer than 1,000 police officers on the streets, the lowest level of staffing in years, and some might argue the lowest morale. to change that the police union wants the city to turn back the clock on pay in the next contract. >> we're in our third year of getting back money. right now we're getting back 10% of our wages. this offer calls for an end to that starting in july followed a year later by a 3% raise and a year after that for a 3% raise. >> reporter: he says that has to happen if san jose wants to stem the tide of resignations. 139 sjd police officers left in the last 13 months. the mayor says the city can't afford it. >>
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